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Short hike from the lower parking lot but very steep. Really gets the heart rate up. If your looking for a good 20 min cardio then go for it. Add a heavy backpack to make it more intense going up. The coming down part is a bit tough on the knees, but that just me. It's paved the whole way. Beautiful view from the top.
Happy hiking.

8 days ago

I normally love the trail. Beautiful views and rock formations. Storms have taken down several trees and rhododendron that are blocking the trail.

on Jacks Knob Trail

9 days ago

Went yesterday and less than 5 minutes the trail disappeared into all the downed trees and Rhododendron. Had to turn around along with a group of 8 people. I am once opened it would be great.

Hiked from Hwy 180 to the Brasstown Bald Parking Lot & back yesterday. The uphill switchbacks were challenging for a “flat lander” but the real challenge came when I got to the top. There were so many bushes & trees down across the trail that I had to go over, under, and around like an obstacle course! Round trip took me about 3 1/2 hours but I’m old & slow! Great workout!

Nice hike. The road going up was washed out but we drove through the water with no problem. Also, there was a bridge out on the trail but we found a big tree laying across the stream a little ways up from the bridge, so we threw some logs in the water so we could step onto the tree and walked on across. There are two switch backs when getting close to the falls. Take the second one and it will lead you to the bottom of the falls. I suggest a good pair of boots and a hiking stick. Happy hiking.

trail running
10 days ago

Nice trail, could stand a little maintenance near the top.

one of the best trails ever!!

It’s the AT so it’s an amazing experience... I’m just writing to let people know that there is no parking close to where Trail crosses the road and it’s a pretty severe drive to get in if one just wanted to be dropped off at this point for a hike.

21 days ago

Hiked this again, starting from where the trail crosses Hwy 180 (near the parking lot at the entrance gate to Brasstown Bald. This time I hiked to Chatts Gap and hung a left on the AT and left AT about a half mile later to bushwhack Spaniards Knob. It was short but steep bushwhack. After hiking completely across the top of Spaniards Knob, I turned around and retraced my hike back to the trailhead. This hike was 7.6 miles round trip. Nice day to be out. From the summit of Spaniard you could clear see the visitor's center on top of Brasstown Bald.

Amazing trail with amazing falls!

23 days ago

Beautiful day to complete the state’s high point. Knocked another off the list. Haven’t hit any kind of elevation lately, so the steepness was a fun challenge. This hike was quiet and beautiful. Being able to see multiple states at the top was pretty amazing.

The trail is steep and can really show you if you’re out of shape! It’s so worth it, my husband and I went back several times to take in all the North GA views!

On a thru hike of the GA, AT: Hiked this in freezing rain. Low cloud cover and mist blocked the views most of the way and at the summit. Still had a great time…even better after I got to the shelter and curled up in my sleeping bag!

Road to the top was closed so we (my dog and I) hiked to the top. We hiked up the road then up the trail from the visitor's center. Very snowy, icy, and a lot of limbs were down. But we had the place to ourself. Gorgeous!

This was a great hike. I elected to remove my boots and hike up my pants and walk across instead of crossing on the fallen tree. I was happy with my decision when I saw someone fall into the water on my way back. So no the trail isn’t closed, you just have to be creative.

1 month ago

Did this right after a snow storm. Should have worn my Katoola Microspikes. The trail was slippery and the bushwhack was really slippery. Used Jacks Knob trail from Jacks Gap on State Road 180 to the AT. Hiked another two miles (appox) on the AT and left the trail hiking up the ridge line that runs north off the no-name peak (3872 feet) to the west of Horsetrough Mountain. From there I hiked south, down into a shallow col and up Horsetrough. Lots of shrub weighted down by ice in my path. From the summit I hiked due west then northwest returning to the trail. There is shorter route down but the rhodo was so thick I decided to stay west of it. Skies were clear, visibility was only limited by my eyesight! Had the mountain to myself, except for the coyote whose tracks were in the snow on the trail ahead of me.

1 month ago

extremely short nicely paved pathway from the parking lot to the top BUT the path goes straight up very challenging will stop a couple times to catch your breath but worth every View at the top

We really enjoyed this hike on Nov 20. The bridge being out made the hike even more fun for me and my daughter. We crossed on the smaller fallen tree next to the bridge. Note: if you’re balance-challenged (or just don’t want to fall in 2 feet of water), be sure to grab one or two of the hiking sticks that people leave at the trailhead. They are really helpful to work your way across the log.

Nice hike with quite a bit of incline. I struggled to get to the top, definitely had to stop and rest for a couple of minutes about 5 times! Views from the top are stunning!

Excellent for kids. Nice trail for moderately fit people . Trail is easy just a bit of an incline. I did it with a 5 year old and he handled it well.quick movie at top of mountain

2 months ago

Great little hike with quite a bit of inclined. I was up top on the tower for the better part of an hour waiting for the fog /clouds to clear. I finally got to see a few peaks of mountain tops coming through the clouds and it was amazing

This is my new favorite - had a little bit of everything - Hiked this Sunday, Nov 11, 2018, So many things to do. I believe the waterfall is one of the best I have seen in the Ga Mountains. Weather was perfect: sunny and 40 degrees. Wore jacket on way down and stowed it on the way up. Met some really nice people. As others said the bridge was destroyed but not hard using the fallen trees to cross. There is a sign about the route being closed due to the bridge. Please ignore that and enjoy yourself. Last point, if your vehicle does not have the clearance needed to cross a small creek you will need to walk a pretty good distance to start this hike. Not sure how far - someone else would know the distance. I drove the hike in a 2015 F250 Lariat - plenty of clearance.

2 months ago

Great view from the tower.

This one is very tough, but well it. There's no shortage of overlooks or rhododendron tunnels on this stretch of trail. Don't take this one lightly we ended up doing a little over 10 miles with a 3400 ft elevation gain.

October 15-16. This was rated hard and I agree. We hiked half a day stayed the night just after the “Cheesecake Factory “ water source but just before Tray Mountain shelter (we knew the shelter was going to be full, and wanted some peacefulness) we had a beautiful view. Watched the sunrise the next morning from our tent. I can’t say enough about this spot. Then hiked out. It was a great hike to test and challenge yourself.

Ps. If anyone could share WHY that water source is called “the Cheesecake Factory” please do.

Great trail you can walk across logs where the bridge is closed.

I completed the trail on Oct 3, 2018. Some challenging ascend in certain sections but overall it was a good work out with some beautiful views. After multiple hikers asked me for wasp nest , I was eventually got stung by one and it hurt and last few days but its all part of the wilderness experience.
Since it was a week day, the trail was not crowded at all. I came across maybe 10 hikers and one gentleman who was there to maintain the trail.

Cool waterfalls! Would recommend a car that can go through some water otherwise you’ll have to park further back and hike 1 mile uphill to get to the trailhead

Great hike. Bridge was down so need to cross on small log or get wet. Well worth the hike.

Easy hike. Good elevation gain and gorgeous views.

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